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New executive order aims to create jobs for Americans

by Jaymi Gooden - Cam[pus Talk Editor
Thu, Apr 27th 2017 09:50 pm

The 100-day mark of President Donald Trump's presidency is coming up fast and no one has paid any heed. In defense of the American people, it's been hard keeping up with the calendar when we're: one, trying not to laugh at all the idiocy that spews not only from Trump, but his incompetent cabinet as well and two, trying to keep up with all the executive orders Trump has dished out since his inauguration in late January of this year.

Speaking of executive orders, Trump has got another one for us. Introducing the "Buy American, Hire American" order. 

According to The Washington Post article, "Trump signs 'Buy American, Hire American' executive order, promising to fight for American workers," by Abby Phillip, the order would tighten rules that award visas to skilled foreign workers and directs the federal government to enforce rules that bar foreign contractors from bidding on federal projects. In his words, "more products are stamped with those wonderful words: 'Made in the USA,'" Trump said at a factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin on April 18, according to the aforementioned article.

Ripping apart our president is quite the sport these days and one that many of us, including myself, have become very skilled at. As much as I would love to demonstrate my fine skills at this endeavor, I won't. Instead, I'll give Trump a few points for this one.

One of America's most prominent problems concerning the economy is excessive outsourcing. Obtaining goods and services from foreign suppliers and laborers is a natural part of the complex trading system amongst numerous sovereign states. However, internal sources must be used as well. Not a lot of factories still stand in the U.S. and it's easier to find labels that say "Made in China," than it is to find ones that say "Made in the U.S."

"For too long we've watched as our factories have been closed and our jobs have been sent to faraway lands," Trump said in his speech in Wisconsin.

What Trump failed to mention in his heartfelt promise to fight for American workers is that parts of his clothing line were manufactured abroad and he is known for hiring foreign workers at many of his properties. For someone who sees foreigners as a big enough threat to enact an immigration ban and build a wall in the attempt to stunt immigration, he's pretty lenient when it comes to stitching together a few signature Trump business suits. They can sew clothes, manage his properties and build construction projects for us, but we can't trust them because they're all rapists, criminals and terrorists, according to him? Got it.

Despite his business practices constantly contradicting his political rhetoric, "Buy American, Hire American" was a huge theme in his campaign. Trump promised to bring more jobs to America and interestingly, both Democrats and Republicans agree that there needs to be a cut back on outsourcing.

According to the CNN article, "Trump pushes 'Buy American, Hire American' policy in Wisconsin," by Jeremy Diamond, the order, which Trump signed after delivering his remarks, looks to bolster protections for certain American-made goods and calls for a review of the H-1B visa program for skilled workers, with the goal of reforming the program,Trump officials said.

"The buy and hire American order I'm about to sign will protect workers and students like you," Trump told a crowd of technical students and manufacturing employees at the headquarters of Snap-On Tools, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer, according to CNN. "It's America first, you better believe it. It's time. It's time, right?"

With the signing of this executive order, senior administration officials stated that the White House is moving forward with an agenda that cuts across party lines. The "Buy American, Hire American" mantra is one that both parties are eager to support.

It's great that blue and red are starting to see eye to eye on an issue as complicated as outsourcing. I also don't mind more things being made in the U.S. Hopefully, it'll aid in digging us out of the ditch that we've been stuck in for what seems like the beginning of time. I don't even mind Trump dishing out an order that's actually a winner. A win for him is a win for America. I just don't want his head getting bigger than it already is.

"No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days," Trump said in his "Buy American, Hire American" speech.

I knew I spoke too soon. If you can't hear me sighing in utter but unsurprised disappointment, believe me, I am.

Settle down, Donald. 

As far as I'm concerned, no other president has caused more damage to not only the image, but the social climate of this country than Trump has in the first 90 days of his presidency. But I'll thank him anyway for lifting his toupee out of his eyes long enough to acknowledge us peasants down here in the blue-collar arena. He shouldn't count his chickens before they hatch, or in his case, his hole-in-ones before he swings. This executive order may be a win for the people, but Trump's got a long way to go on the road to redemption.

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